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Cinema of the Body Politic: Civic Action on Screen

 “You can disagree without being disagreeable.” 
― Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

Politics ignites passions. Talking about politics forces us to think about our values and our visions for how our communities, states, nations, and world should be. No wonder then that reasonable people disagree about what just, fair, and productive policies look like. Yet this conflict and the dialogue that it provokes can be the basis for understanding and cooperation. The films in this year’s series consider the topic of politics from a variety of different perspectives. What is justice? What is equality? How can individuals use their power — as voters, as leaders, as citizens — to support policies that reflect their values? 

These films show us a broad range of ideas and highlight the importance of being an active participant in shaping the world we all share.

Each film will be followed by a panel discussion led by Collin College faculty and staff. The series supports the college’s core values of learning, creativity and involvement by engaging students through film and discussion.

All screenings are free and open to the public. Doors open 30 minutes before the film begins. Seating is limited. Some material may not be suitable for all audiences.

7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019
The Angelika Film Center in Plano
(PG, 2018, dir. Julie Cohen and Betsy West, 98 minutes)
A documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and her unique position as an icon of justice, advocating for both men and women facing gender bias.

Thank You For Smoking
7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019
McKinney Campus Conference Center
(R, 2005, dir. Jason Reitman, 92 minutes)
A satirical take on lobbyists. A talented, ruthless spin doctor works relentlessly to promote the use of tobacco.

The Trotsky
7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019
Plano Campus Living Legends Conference Center
(PG, 2009, dir. Jacob Tierney, 120 minutes)
Comedy about a young man from a wealthy family who struggles to apply the ideals of Leon Trotsky at his high school.

7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020
The Angelika Film Center in Plano
(PG-13, 2014, dir. Ava DuVernay, 128 minutes)
Dramatization of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1965 voting rights march in Selma, Alabama.
Presented in conjunction with African American History Month.

Blame It On Fidel
7 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020
Frisco Campus Conference Center
(Unrated, 2006, dir. Julie Gavras, 99 minutes)
An often comic look at politics through the eyes of a girl with liberal parents and conservative grandparents.

Iron Jawed Angels
7 p.m., Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2020
Plano Campus Living Legends Conference Center
(13+, 2004, dir. Katja von Garnier, 125 minutes)
A dramatization of the contributions of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns in achieving women's right to vote. Presented in conjunction with The Dignity Initiative.

Collin College District map

Plano Campus
2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano

Frisco Campus
9700 Wade Blvd., Frisco

McKinney Campus
2200 W. University Drive, McKinney

Angelika Film Center
The Shops at Legacy, 7205 Bishop Rd., Plano

The Auteur Film Series is supported by the Academic Affairs Division at Collin College.